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Date:      Mon, 4 Nov 1996 11:16:18 -0800 (PST)
From:      Doug White <>
To:        Callum Haig <>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: Can't find root.flp
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.SOL.3.91.961104140625.713A-100000@cleo>

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On Mon, 4 Nov 1996, Callum Haig wrote:

> I'm in the process of trying to install FreeBSD on my 4meg 386dx40.  The 
> 'handbook' (or faq - I can't quite remember) mentions that 'the first 
> floppy you will need after the boot floppy is the "floppies/root.flp" 
> floppy' (this is quoted from memory).

2.1.5 doesn't have a root.flp.  The documentation is unfortuately out of
date on the installation.  :(

> Secondly, I'm not sure how to partition my FreeBSD partition.  I have 
> managed to confine DOS, leaving 63MB for FreeBSD (using fips.exe and then 
> deleting the resultant empty primary dos partition).  I've then managed 
> to create the FreeBSD partition using the boot disk installation 
> program.  However when it comes to dividing that 63MB partition into a 
> 'swap' partition, a '/' (root?) partition, a '/var' partition, and a 
> '/usr' partition (if needed?) I don't know what's the best ratio.

That won't be enough.  You need more like 100MB for a reasonable

Try using the 'A'uto key in the disklabel editor to spit out some
calculated defaults.  If it's not enough the editor will comment that it
can't calculate for something that small.

> Memory could also be a problem, so I disabled the system ROM shadowing, 
> but I couldn't 'remap some of the "lost" memory out of the 640 to 1MB 
> region' as the FAQ suggested.  If anyone has any words of explanation or 
> advice on this I'd appreciate it.

FreeBSD doesn't recognize the so-called "upper memory area", so that area
won't come back no matter what you do.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:    | Residence Networking Assistant    | Computer Science Major

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